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VS Premium Economy LHR->SFO, B744 + Lots Of Pix  
User currently offlineKaddyuk From Wallis and Futuna, joined Nov 2001, 4126 posts, RR: 26
Posted (9 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 18892 times:

Aircraft Registration: G-VROC
Aircraft Type:B747-41R
From:London Heathrow
To:San Francisco
Date:18th July 2004



Well, here i was again, attempting to fly standby to LAX. However me and my two friends, James Rowson and Dale Coleman had been rejected from the previous days flights because they were full. We decided in the end to fly to SFO then get to LAX from there. I originally thought, hey, SFO to LAX its only what? a 4hr drive. Its nothing... Wasnt till I was 8hrs into the flight that the Purser onboard informed me that it was nearer to 6 or 7hours drive.

Oh well, on with the report It started on saturday the 17th...

After shooting some average heathrow traffic we then went down to see if we got on the flight VS07 which was a no... we then waited to see if we had gotten on the later flight... VS023 this again was a no.

James was tired



Dale didnt have time to be tired, all these BA 744's were too good to pass up!



So after wandering around for an hour or so trying other airlines we then went back home slightly dismayed but hopefull about sunday.

I expected to get booted from todays flights as well so we decided that our best chance would be to fly to San Francisco as there were seats available on this flight. The check in took forever and a day to complete and we ended up running to the gate making the flight late (Completly NOT our fault) and unfortunatly because of a mix up myself and james had been upgraded to Premium Economy but Dale was stuck back in economy but unfortunatly no more seats were left in PE. So with dale down the back, myself downstairs in 70F and James upstairs we were all seperated but atleast we were on the flight WOOOO HOOOOO!!!!!!

Here is the view from my seat (sorry about poor quality) anyone... "I'm a lady you see" hehe, Anyone guess what I was watching on V:port?



I managed to catch dale and james flirting with the hosties on board....  Big grin



Dinner was served, for the life of me I cant remember what it was but it was nice and so was desert. I ended up flirting with the hosties for a little while and chilled...

Got some wicked photos as we flew over newfoundland and as we passed Gander I snapped this one...


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Photo © Kevin Cadd



These bloody flights just go on and on and on but I wasnt too bothered because the hosties onboard were FIT! I continued taking pictures all over the aircraft, trying all different angles and stuff with no real decent results


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Photo © Kevin Cadd



James tried to acheive my skill level...  Big grin


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Photo © James Rowson



and then no sooner had I got out of my seat had dale sat in it enjoying luxury unbeknown to economy PAX. I am sure there are rules about allowing economy class passengers in premium. I didnt want to make much of a scene so I just sat on the jump seat and waited till the "Riff Raff" left and I sat back down.



As the flight Evolved we grew more and more tired... I drank one or two maybe even four vodkas to help me sleep, this didnt really work, so here I was, pretty tipsy, swaggering all over the cabin hehe, in a little bit of turbulence. I got collared by a hostie to help her prepare some drinks. I'm sure I was supposed to be a PAX on this flight. Oh well, I obliged and went back to my seat

not long after I had sat back in my seat, the captain was informing us that were were due to make our landing in KSFO so I had to take my seat and prepare for landing in 'Frisco... we had a Golden Gate Four arrival, not sure if we were in a synchronous pattern with any other aircraft but was a nice easy landing. Someone even managed to get a picture of it for me Big grin


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We taxied to the stand along side a Korean T7 and a BA744 past that...


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Photo © Dale Coleman



I went up to the cockpit and james took this...



I got this one into the database  Smile


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And so I guess this is where I bring the report to an end. It was a great flight, possibly one of the best.

Thanks to James and Dale for putting up with me all week **thumbs up**

Hope you enjoyed reading it as much as I hated writing it hehe

Here are a few plugs for dale


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Any critique can be kept to yourself hehe (I'm joking, comment all you like ^^' )




Whoever said "laughter is the best medicine" never had Gonorrhea
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User currently offlineJRowson From United Kingdom, joined May 2004, 351 posts, RR: 12
Reply 1, posted (9 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 18524 times:

Nice report Kev, that brought back some memories. I didn't realise you'd snapped some sneaky shots aboard VROC, lol.
I look forward to the next trip  Big grin .




James Rowson. Canonite and lover of all things L. JAR Photography.
User currently offlineJkw777 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (9 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 18504 times:

Hi Kev,

Great report and fantastic pics! Love the pic of the unimpressed James! Hehe Big grin

Cheers,

Justin  Smile


User currently offlineKaddyuk From Wallis and Futuna, joined Nov 2001, 4126 posts, RR: 26
Reply 3, posted (9 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 18449 times:

I take "Sneaky Sneaky" Pictures all over the place lol...


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User currently offlineCOEWR2587 From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 607 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (9 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 18387 times:

Great report. Does anyone know how many of VS's 747's are outfitted like this w/ new interiors and V:Port?


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User currently offlineKaddyuk From Wallis and Futuna, joined Nov 2001, 4126 posts, RR: 26
Reply 5, posted (9 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 18381 times:

Yeah  Big grin

All our B744's have the new UCS about 5 have V:port with the new PE and Y class.

The reason not all aircraft have it is because I think at last estimates it was like £3 or 4 million per aircraft lol



Whoever said "laughter is the best medicine" never had Gonorrhea
User currently offlineHorus From Egypt, joined Feb 2004, 5230 posts, RR: 60
Reply 6, posted (9 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 17406 times:

Great trip report Kevin. Hope you had a great hol!!!!

Horus






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User currently offlineWidgetBoi From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 1432 posts, RR: 20
Reply 7, posted (9 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 17322 times:

Amazing report and great pics  Big grin

jeremy


User currently offlineBFS From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2001, 738 posts, RR: 2
Reply 8, posted (9 years 9 months 2 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 16769 times:

I sure hope that poor woman sitting asleep in Premium Economy never finds these pictures - rather embarassing. Great report anyway!

User currently offlineDColeMAN From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2004, 274 posts, RR: 10
Reply 9, posted (9 years 8 months 1 week 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 15392 times:

Great report Kev  Big thumbs up Brings back great memories! Shame my V-PORT went kaput 30 minutes into the flight  Laugh out loud BTW, I wasn't flirting with the hosties **winks**

Thanks to everyone who attended for a fantastic week  Smile

Dale

[Edited 2004-11-22 19:02:01]


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User currently offlineLHR27C From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2004, 1279 posts, RR: 16
Reply 10, posted (9 years 8 months 1 week 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 14918 times:

Excellent report and some very nice photos!

Oliver



Once you have tasted flight, you will walk the earth with your eyes turned forever skyward
User currently offlineOH-LGA From Denmark, joined Oct 1999, 1436 posts, RR: 19
Reply 11, posted (9 years 8 months 1 week 8 hours ago) and read 14708 times:

Very nice trip report!

I flew the same aircraft home from Heathrow on 23 August returning from a trip to Germany (intra-Europe segments on BA)...

and yeah, SFO-LAX driving is not as fast as you would wish. I-5 gets quite boring at times, but you could always veer off course and go visit Mojave on your way in  Smile That's why I fly it... but I do it standby too  Big grin

Happy Travels!  Smile
Kai



Head in the clouds... yet feet planted firmly on the ground.
User currently offlineAv8rDAL From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 462 posts, RR: 1
Reply 12, posted (9 years 8 months 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 14430 times:

If you've got a whole day to do it, the ONLY way to drive from San Fran to L.A. is via Hwy. 1 (Pacific Coast Highway).

What an amazing drive.... Several hundred miles of twisty roads warrants an appropriate car. BMW Z4, etc.

Cheers,

Brian



Maintain thine airspeed, lest the Earth rise up and smite thee.
User currently offlineAleksandar From Serbia, joined Jul 2000, 3236 posts, RR: 32
Reply 13, posted (9 years 8 months 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 14373 times:

Very nice trip report and interesting photos. Could anyone compare the service of BA and VS on the same route (LHR-SFO)?



Aleksandar



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User currently offlineKaddyuk From Wallis and Futuna, joined Nov 2001, 4126 posts, RR: 26
Reply 14, posted (9 years 8 months 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 14326 times:

Virgin kicks BA's ass...

But then I would say that because I work for Virgin... LoL

Seriously, BA offer a very good product, but VS are that little bit better, our IFE is stunning. V:Port is the best IFE out there (apart from maybe SQ and EK on their ultra longhaul aircraft)




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User currently offlineAleksandar From Serbia, joined Jul 2000, 3236 posts, RR: 32
Reply 15, posted (9 years 8 months 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 14258 times:

Thank you for your answer.

Here, in Belgrade, both BA and VS are working hard to get as many passengers as they can for their North American flights. VS has a commercial agreement with JAT, while BA is offering a "full service" from Belgrade to one of their destinations in the US and Canada.

Personally, I would always choose VS, but, on the other hand, BA also sounds promising. Fortunately, I don't plan any such trip in near future but it's always good to know somebody else's opinion.



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User currently offlineA340600 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2003, 4105 posts, RR: 51
Reply 16, posted (9 years 8 months 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 14078 times:

Wicked as usual, nice sneaky shots too Big thumbs up

Cheers

Sam Smile



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User currently offlineAdamWright From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 17, posted (9 years 8 months 12 hours ago) and read 13819 times:

Fantastic report Kevin!!! Didnt' realize you had missed an entire days flights and had to wait another day! Still , glad you made it to LAX :-P

-Adam


User currently offlineBA747-436 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 1259 posts, RR: 12
Reply 18, posted (9 years 8 months 8 hours ago) and read 13811 times:

Hmmmm me thinks it about time for thee to get on board a VS flt again.....  Wink/being sarcastic
Care to join me Kev?



Dan Valentine - Bad Ass MOFO Photographer
User currently offlinePilot kaz From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 19, posted (9 years 8 months 7 hours ago) and read 13786 times:



This woman on the bottom right hand corner is looking like she is letting one rip........big Time.


User currently offlineKaddyuk From Wallis and Futuna, joined Nov 2001, 4126 posts, RR: 26
Reply 20, posted (9 years 8 months 7 hours ago) and read 13776 times:

**farting noises**
The guy behind her has the "Oh no, not another fart" look on his face

LMAO!



Whoever said "laughter is the best medicine" never had Gonorrhea
User currently offlineDColeMAN From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2004, 274 posts, RR: 10
Reply 21, posted (9 years 8 months 7 hours ago) and read 13776 times:

The guy behind her has the "Oh no, not another fart" look on his face

By the looks of his face, the smell was that bad that it completely knocked him out  Nuts

Dale

[Edited 2004-12-02 00:13:15]


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User currently offlineTUNisia From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 1844 posts, RR: 5
Reply 22, posted (9 years 7 months 3 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 13422 times:

Lovely trip report. I have to admit my fav pic of the bunch is the one w/ the lady from economy passed out next to the dude w/ the camera.

TUNisia



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User currently offlineT8KE0FF From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2009, 410 posts, RR: 1
Reply 23, posted (4 years 11 months 2 weeks 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 9191 times:

I can't see any of the pictures  Sad


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User currently offlineJRowson From United Kingdom, joined May 2004, 351 posts, RR: 12
Reply 24, posted (4 years 11 months 2 weeks 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 8582 times:

That's probably because the report is nearly 5 years old now! They will have been removed from the hosting servers. I'm actually glad the pics aren't there any more haha! Saves the embarassment  Wink


James Rowson. Canonite and lover of all things L. JAR Photography.
User currently offlineLHR380 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 25, posted (4 years 11 months 2 weeks 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 8578 times:



Quoting JRowson (Reply 24):
I'm actually glad the pics aren't there any more haha! Saves the embarassment

Dang, would of given us all a right old laugh  Smile


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